Hannah's Headlines - 4/17/2019

Reese’s Is Freezing Peanut Butter Eggs To Give Away This Summer

In case you don’t know, Reese’s Peanut Butter Easter Eggs are the best. They’ve got the perfect ratio of chocolate to peanut butter and the only downside is that you can only get them this time of year. Once Easter is over, it’s a really LONGGG wait until next year for them to appear in stores again. But this year, Reese’s is looking out for fans by keeping these beloved treats around longer.

The candy brand is freezing a stash of the eggs to re-release them this summer. That’s the halfway point between Easter and Halloween, when the next Reese’s shapes come out. You won’t be able to buy these this summer, but they’re giving them away instead!

To win a batch of 36 Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, check out Reese’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where they’ll post a link to claim them. The site is only live through April 19th at 3 a.m. EDT, or while supplies last, so if you want to get in on three dozen of these, don’t wait. Of course, you could buy your own to freeze, but where’s the fun in that?


Has Your Favorite Food Ever Been Recalled?

If you’re a huge fan of Chips Ahoy soft chocolate chip cookies I have bad news. They are being recalled. Mondelēz Global has issued a voluntary recall of its 13-ounce packages of Chewy Chips Ahoy after receiving reports of an "unexpected solidified ingredient" in some packages, it announced on Tuesday. Some reports have also spoken of "adverse health effects," according to a statement from the company, although it did not elaborate on what those health effects were.

  • Has your favorite indulgent food ever been recalled? Did it turn you off from eating it for the rest of your life?


Are College Degrees Worth It? Many Say No

We all know it costs a lot of time and money to get a college degree, but in the end is it all worth it? Well, a new survey finds that a lot of Americans don’t actually think so.

A poll by GoBankingRates finds that 42% of college graduates don’t think their college degree is worth the student debt they accrued to get it. In fact, their debt is keeping them from doing a lot of things, include:

  • Saving for retirement (36%)
  • Going on vacation (32%)
  • Being financially independent (28%)
  • Owning their home (21%)
  • Pursuing a job they're passionate about (17%)

Just how much debt are folks drowning in? Well, the survey finds that 10% have more than $50,000 in student loan debt, while 37% have more than $15,000.

Source: GoBankingRates

California bill aims to ban complimentary hotel shampoo bottles

They're one of the little pleasures of staying at a hotel, but their days could be numbered, at least in California: tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles.

In an effort to reduce waste, California state lawmakers are seeking to ban hotels and other lodging establishments from providing single-use small plastic bottles to their customers.

Introduced by Assemblyman Ash Kalra and co-authored by Assemblyman Mark Stone, the bill was first proposed in February. If it passes, it will be put into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

The types of businesses the bill refers to include establishments like a hotel, motel, resort, bed and breakfast or vacation rental.

The bill would allow local authorities to inspect and enforce these requirements with a written warning upon first violation, and up to a $2,000 fine for those who fail to comply.

"We know we have an enormous problem with our world: We’ve become addicted to [plastic] and it's caused a major dilemma environmentally," said Kalra.

"We're talking about hundreds and millions of bottles a year and that’s just in California," Kalra said.

"It's a pretty easy fix," Stone added.

Some companies are already moving away from the single-use bottles. Last year, Marriott announced plans to replace individual amenity bottles with in-shower dispensers at 1,500 hotels in North America.

Of the measure,Roland Geyer, a professor at the University of California Santa Barbara who studies the environmental impact of industrial production and consumption, said, "It's mostly symbolic, but symbols can be powerful. Hopefully it will show consumers we can stop using plastic products and realize we won't miss them."

With 348 million tons of plastic produced in 2017, Geyer said 40% of that production is single-use packaging.



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